CUMIN SEEDS, whole
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Botanical Name: Cuminum cyminum
Country of Origin: Egypt or India
Production: Cumin is a flowering plant, related to parsley, that is native to the eastern Mediterranean and South Asia. The small fruit of the plant contains a single seed, which has eight ridges with oil canals. The seeds look similar to caraway seeds due to their oblong shape and yellow/brown color.
Qualities: There are many medicinal and culinary uses for cumin seeds. They are valued in Ayurvedic medicine as a helpful digestive support, often brewed into a healing drink. It is used among herbalists for its carminative properties.
Common Use: Cumin is often used to flavour breads, bean dishes, sausages, soups, stews, and pickling spice blends. It can also be used as a tincture or brewed into a tea.
Storage: Store in a cool, dry, dark place in an airtight container.
Safety: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
*Note: this product is organic (NOP certified with US-CAN equivalency) but due to delayed paperwork related to the logistical side of the import, we are not allowed to name the product itself organic according to our certifier.
Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the CFIA or FDA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This product has been packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and other potential allergens.
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Real cumin flavour
As with all other OM Food products, I am impressed by the freshness of the cumin seeds, I also purchased fennel and caraway this time.. my only concern is that the packets are large, more than I would use in the normal course of a year, for these seeds. We do use large amounts of anis and black pepper, so that’s not a concern there,. However, these seeds are well packed and I trust they will last well in a cool storage room. To get the real flavour of cumin (and of black pepper) I used a South American technique: I roast the cumin seeds, maybe 2 Tbls. at a time, in a small iron frying pan at medium heat. Shake them or stir them for a few minutes until they release a nice roasted fragrance,. Be careful not to let them burn. Then grind them a small amount at a time in a mortar and pestle.. You won’t believe the difference! The roasted, grounded cumin can be stored in a glass jar in the dark until it’s sued up. ; María
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When I couldn’t find organic spices elsewhere, OM had everything I needed. The packaging is beautiful, solid zip locks to keep things fresh (attractive too). So glad to have another Canadian company helping in these difficult times of COVID 19.
So nice to be able to buy this in bulk!
We go through a lot of cumin because Mexican seasonings never have enough (even OM Foods' otherwise really great chili powder blend). This is very good cumin, and I prefer the whole seed because it lasts longer. Good raw or toasted.